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Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times ONLINE: President Obama fields questions from the public both on the Internet and in person during a special town-hall-style meeting Thursday in the East Room of the White House, where one of the top topics was the legalization of marijuana.

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New Mexico's Cameron Bairstow (41) rebounds over Boise State's Nick Duncan (13) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game in Albuquerque, N.M., Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014. New Mexico won 84-75. (AP Photo/Juan Antonio Labreche)

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FILE - In this June 15, 2013 file photo, Sarah Palin speaks during the Faith and Freedom Coalition Road to Majority 2013 conference in Washington. Palin says she doesn't expect her new outdoors television show on the Sportsman Channel to be political, at least not overtly so. Given her background, though, the 2008 Republican presidential candidate said Friday, Jan. 10, 2014, that some may seep through. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

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Pro-life and pro-choice activists face off in front of the Supreme Court on the anniversary of the Roe v. Wade ruling that legalized abortion nationwide. The March for Life and raging debate have continued for more than 40 years with no end in sight. (Associated Press)

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President Obama will meet with Pope Francis at the Vatican as part of a European trip scheduled for March. The White House says Mr. Obama "looks forward to discussing with Pope Francis their shared commitment to fighting poverty and growing inequality" during their March 27 meeting. (Associated Press)

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Thai anti-government protesters use chain to lock up the gate at the fishery department as they close down the office Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014 in Bangkok, Thailand. Twin explosions shook an anti-government demonstration site in Thailand's capital, wounding more than dozens of people in the latest violence to hit Bangkok as the nation's increasingly bloody political crisis drags on. (AP Photo/Wason Wanichakorn)

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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Democrats in the state are criticizing Mead's opposition to accepting federal money to expand the Medicaid system to cover 17,600 low-income adults. (AP Photo/Ben Neary)

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Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead speaks at a press conference at the state Capitol in Cheyenne on Friday, Dec. 20, 2013. Democrats in the state are criticizing Mead's opposition to accepting federal money to expand the Medicaid system to cover 17,600 low-income adults. (AP Photo/Ben Neary)

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FILE- In this March 28, 2013 file photo, Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal, right, talks with Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, left, after addressing the Senate on the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. Politicians take advantage of the last-minute chaos in Georgia's legislative session, seeking to quietly pass legislation that would invite deep scrutiny if there a chance to debate it. Now state Sen. Joshua McKoon, R-Columbus, wants to end last-minute surprises by requiring that lawmakers get at least 24 hours before voting on a bill. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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FILE- In this March 28, 2013 file photo, Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, left, talks with Senate Rules Committee Chairman, Sen. Jeff Mullis, R – Chickamauga, right, before the Senate unanimously votes to approve an ethics reform bill that limits lobbyist spending on the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. Politicians take advantage of the last-minute chaos in Georgia's legislative session, seeking to quietly pass legislation that would invite deep scrutiny if there a chance to debate it. Now state Sen. McKoon wants to end last-minute surprises by requiring that lawmakers get at least 24 hours before voting on a bill. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)

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FILE - In this March 28, 2013 file photo, Georgia Sen. Josh McKoon, R-Columbus, right, and Sen. Nan Orrock, D-Atlanta, talk before the Senate unanimously votes to approve an ethics reform bill that limits lobbyist spending on the last day of the legislative session in Atlanta. Politicians take advantage of the last-minute chaos in Georgia's legislative session, seeking to quietly pass legislation that would invite deep scrutiny if there a chance to debate it. Now state Sen. McKoon wants to end last-minute surprises by requiring that lawmakers get at least 24 hours before voting on a bill. (AP Photo/David Goldman, File)